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to become at the next u.s. defense secretary. the question was expected to be tough but he appeared uncomfortable, even unprepared. the most heated exchange of the day came from a former close friend, senator john mccain who grilled hagel on opposing the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq. >> wiere you correct or incorret when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong. that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well, i -- >> i would like the answer whether you're right or wrong and then you're free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well, let the record show you refuse to answer that question. please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> actually, i would like an answer, yes or no? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. my answer is i'll defer that judgment to
to the deadly raid on the u.s. consulate. >> for you to testify that our posture would not allow a rapid response, our posture was not there because we didn't take into account the threats to that consulate. and that's why four americans died. >> we never received a request for support from the state department. which would have allowed us to put forces -- >> so it's the state department's fault? >> i'm not blaming the state department, i'm sure they had their own -- >> who would you blame? >> i stand by the report of the accountability review board. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary panetta, and say, how's it going? >> you know, normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces, he knew we were deploying the forces, he was being kept -- >> i hate to interrupt you but i got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> no, but the -- >> wait a minute. >> it was over. the event was over before we could move any -- >> it lasted almost eight hours and my questio
cain is also coming down hard against chuck hagel for pick of secretary of defense. hagel's opposition to the u.s. troop surge in iraq raises some serious questions about his judgment on foreign policy. >> you saw the hearing. you know his record. are you going to support him for defense secretary? >> i will see the answers to his questions but i have grave concerns. >> grave concerns? >> yes. >> would it be fair to say you're leaning against voting for him? >> i think that would be fair. >> both criticisms follow a blistering attack on saturday by former vice president dick cheney. the performance now of barack obama as he staffs up the national security team for a second term is dismal. frankly, what he has appointed are second rate people. >>> there's a new u.s. commander in afghanistan in what could be the final reshuffling of american leadership before coalition troops are withdrawn on schedule by the end of next year. general joseph dumford took over on saturday. a four star marine officer replaces general john allen. he's been nominated to lead nato forces in europe. general dunford will p
believes that the u.s. should provide more aid fir the rebel and if we're not engaged, then i think we increase the chances the outcome there is going to be very negative. certainly assad remaining in power is not good. in the aftermath of that the worst case scenario would be a security vacuum or a government dominated by radical islamists. they need ammunition. >> russia has joined the arab league to broker a peace talks. >>> here's a major reversal from last summer the governor of florida, republican rick scott said that he now supports expanding medicaid in his state despite opposition from tea party supporters many of whom who worked to get scott elected. expanded medicaid could cover more than 1 million low-income people in florida. at least seven republican governors have signed on to the med medicaid expansion. >>> former congressman jesse jackson jr. is facing jail time after pleading guilty after misusing thousands of dollars from campaign funds with his famous father in the courtroom, a tearful jackson apologized to his family and to the people in chicago. >> reporter: for j
city. winter storms absolutely barrelled from the west coast into the heartland of the u.s. dumping a huge amount of snow in kansas. wichita, 14 inches. that's the most they've seen in more than 50 years. inches piling up in omaha and st. louis. 1,000 plows are working in kansas alone, but it's doing little to keep drivers from being stranded. actually, you saw a plow itself getting toppled over. even the plows are having trouble staying on top of things. hundreds of flights have been scrubbed. bill karins will have more for us a little later in weather. right now, we want to turn to politics. we're now just one week from the automatic cuts that will slash $85 billion from government spending. the congressional budget office estimates the sequester will cost 750,000 jobs and lower economic growth by 0.6%. don't forget we were negative in gdp in the last quarter. it could mean longer lines at the airport, less funding for teachers, and cuts at the pentagon that officials say could hurt national security. still, the white house and republicans remained lock in a stalemate over how to
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